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Nottingham selected for on-line divorce pilot

  The East Midlands Divorce Centre in Nottingham has been selected as the first family court in the country to run a government pilot scheme allowing certain proceedings for a matrimonial order to be filled in on-line. The pilot will...

Health Secretary urged to ban GP fees for domestic abuse letters

Last weekend The Guardian reported that the Secretary of State for Health has been urged to end the "callous, insensitive and unjust" practice of some GPs charging victims of domestic violence for a medical letter which they may need in...

Judges change rules on child contact with violent fathers

    On 20 January The Guardian reported an announcement that some of the UK's most senior judges are taking steps to end the presumption that a father must have contact with a child where there is evidence of domestic abuse which...

If you need to call 999 but it is not safe to speak, here's what to do

  The "Silent Solutions" system is used to help the Police decide whether officers are sent out in response to a silent 999 call - thousands of these are made every day. Here's what to do: Ring 999 and you will be asked which...

Why we are backing Family Mediation Week 2017

23-27 January 2017 is Family Mediation Week. Organised by the Family Mediators Association (FMA), the campaign aims to raise awareness of mediation as an alternative to court battles for separating couples.  Mediation can help you take control of your...

Why We Are Backing Good Divorce Week

We’re pleased to support this month’s Good Divorce Week campaign, which supports the rights of all family members (and especially children) who are affected by a relationship breakdown. The campaign runs from 28 November to 2 December 2016...

Grandparents Day: 11 September 2016

Originating in the United States but increasingly recognised in other countries, National Grandparents Day aims to recognise and celebrate the vital role of grandparents. I have fond memories of my own grandparents and was...

Is Your Relationship Facing a Back to School Crisis?

While many parents will be greet their children’s return to school with nothing more than a sigh of relief, for some, the end of the holidays will also mark the start of their divorce. Alongside Christmas and the New Year, for some parents, the long...

Practical Support For parents Facing Separation

The end of a relationship can be a time of huge change, especially if you have children. Making plans and decisions are challenges  most people face when separating. Allowing yourself some time and space to make calm,...

Financial lifeline for older couples facing divorce

Dividing up the family home is probably the largest concern to couples facing separation and divorce. One option is for one party can buy the other out, but this often depends on borrowing capacity and can leave older couples struggling to find a lender...

Penny Manock hits 30 year landmark at Wilkinson Woodward

Our Head of Family Law Penny Manock is celebrating after clocking up thirty years of service at Wilkinson Woodward. After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University, Halifax-born Penny joined us in 1986 as an articled clerk, choosing to...